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  • pinitbutton Where to Dine Out for Christmas
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Pastry chef Rene Baez, sous-chef Javier Lopez, executive chef Vincent Cachot, chef de cuisine Benjamin Bailly, LAPD officer with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


The Hollywood Roosevelt hotel has dressed up its historic lobby with holiday decorations that will be on view until December 30th. Last week, for the first time, it held a ceremony for the lighting of the Christmas tree. And since we were in glitzy Hollywood, snow fell on us from the ceiling (watch the video). The evening was dedicated to the LAPD’s Police Activities League (PAL), a youth crime prevention program, so guests deposited presents for the children underneath the tree.


Newly appointed chef Benjamin Bailly at Public Kitchen & Bar was busy with his team making sure that the guests’ appetites were satisfied. (I will leave chef Bailly some time to implement his own menu before reviewing the restaurant.)

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  • pinitbutton 2012 Toys for Tots at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
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Marines with general manager Mehdi Eftekari & Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


It is that time of the year when Mehdi Eftekari, the general manager of the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, organizes an evening to collect toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The foundation then distributes them as Christmas gifts to needy children. Last week, I joined hundreds of other guests bearing unwrapped toys to enter the worthwhile event.


“This fund-raiser and charity are very personal to me, and I am committed to putting smiles on children’s faces as long as I can. I appreciate all of the support that friends and clients have given to me in order to achieve my goal,” said Eftekari.

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Balls & Bubbles

on December 14th, 2012
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Actress Susan Sarandon with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


As guests walked in André Balazs’ hotel The Standard Downtown LA for the opening party of SPiN Standard, they were welcomed with mini bottles of Chandon Brut Classic and Chandon Rosé.


At the top of the escalator near the entrance to this new “ping pong social club,” a floor-to-ceiling picture of President Barack Obama playing ping pong (in a tie, no less) put everybody in the mood for a bit of sport. Many celebrities, including Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon, socialized at the bar, which was serving more Chandon (in flutes this time) and a custom cocktail — the Spin-tini made with Chandon, lychee purée, lemon juice, honey, ginger and Belvedere vodka.

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Dec

  • pinitbutton Sweet Times with Thomas Keller

by Sophie Gayot

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Thomas Keller is the only chef to have two restaurants with GAYOT.com’s highest rating of 19/20: The French Laundry and Per Se. Yesterday at Bouchon Beverly Hills, I had the pleasure to talk with him about his just-released dessert book, Bouchon Bakery. Sébastien Rouxel, the book’s co-author and the executive pastry chef of The Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, joined the conversation.


I had not seen the book until the three of us flipped through the 400 pages. If you haven’t had a chance to see Keller’s first recipe book for sweets either, watch the exclusive video above to discover it the same way they showed it to me. Coming from the masters directly, it is surely the best way to do so. The experience was quite fun, and, of course, a sweet moment to remember!

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A Wine of Legend

on December 10th, 2012
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by Sophie Gayot


Since the video interview above is with Richard Geoffroy, the Chef de Cave at Dom Pérignon, I will let him speak about the wine that was exclusively served at the Sun King (Louis XIV)’s court, and that we drink and even spray on each other to celebrate. Champagne bien sûr!


Learn some of the history of monk Pierre Pérignon whose goal was to create a sparkling wine that was “the best wine in the world.” Geoffroy will also give you some pairing advice as we enter the bubbly season.

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Chocolates for the Holidays

on December 07th, 2012
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Chocolatier Hasty Torres with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


If you are planning to spend the weekend chocolate shopping for the holidays, allow me to make a suggestion. Log on to chocolatier Hasty Torres’s website where you will find some 100 chocolate items in twenty-three different flavors. Her nickname is Madame Chocolat, as she is the wife of Mr. Chocolate, Jacques Torres. (Remember the chocolate kitchen ovens he created at Le Cirque?) From bonbons to chocolates in the shapes of watches, shoes, purses, Santa Claus, Christmas trees, Hanukkah items, holiday glitter truffles and much more, the result will surely be a sweet ending.

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Dec

  • pinitbutton Are the French Drinking Less Wine?
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The wine cellar of Citrus Etoile restaurant in Paris

by Sophie Gayot

If you want to know the answer, listen to me being interviewed by David Wilson on the 175th episode of his show Grape Encounters Radio that aired last Saturday.

You’ll also hear our discussion about the birth of American cuisine bistros that I am witnessing throughout the U.S.


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Terrace with a View

on November 26th, 2012
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by Sophie Gayot


The Las Vegas Strip has two ends, and there is a restaurant with amazing views at each end. A few weeks ago I profiled Top of the World at the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower. Today let’s move south and head to mega chef Alain Ducasse‘s restaurant Mix IN LAS VEGAS. Located on the 64th floor of THEHotel at Mandalay Bay, its views of Sin City are just grand.


Watch my exclusive video interview with executive chef Bruno Riou. Since the elevator is made of clear glass, that could be the only way to enjoy the restaurant if you have vertigo. For everyone else, admire the décor inside, then book a table on the terrace. I recommend heading there just before sunset for the best views possible.

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  • pinitbutton Celebrate Thanksgiving at a Top Restaurant

by Sophie Gayot


For those dining out on America’s harvest holiday, we’ve put together a selection of the best restaurants near you. Simply visit GAYOT.com’s main Thanksgiving page and select your city.


If you happen to be in the San Diego area during this time and want a luxurious Thanksgiving, head to Addison at The Grand Del Mar hotel.


Given Addison’s distinction as one of GAYOT.com’s Top 40 Restaurants in the US since 2010, you can be sure that chef William Bradley has prepared an award-winning dinner. The six-course menu, priced at $180 per person (or $290 with wine pairings), will of course include turkey. The salt-roasted bird will be served with butternut squash, brioche and Brussels sprouts — and you can add white truffle for $65.

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  • pinitbutton High Rolling Dining Experience

by Sophie Gayot


While there are many restaurants in Las Vegas, some offer dramatic views that can make your dining experience even more exciting. Top of the World at the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower is one of them. Perched on the 108th floor of a tower from which you can jump (don’t worry, the SkyJump is safe, as guests are tethered) on a 180-degree revolving platform, the view is just breathtaking.


Even better, Top of World is not what we call a “tourist trap” as the food is quite good. The chef, Claude Gaty, is French and has traveled around the world. He has brought back flavors from all over that he combines well in his dishes, such as his roasted pork belly with chimichurri. To discover more, watch my exclusive video interview with Gaty and hotel executive chef Rick Giffen.

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